I guess that after leaving Norfolk, Carrie and I were ready to get a little off the beaten path. The first night we stayed at a little marina in Carter's Cove, off the Rappahonnak River on the west side of the Chesapeake. We were (no kidding) the first transient boaters (not a bad word for boaters in these parts, the marinas actually compete for your business) that they had ever had! The owner of the marina actually ran around the nearby towns, Weems and Irvington, after we called ahead for a reservation and gathered up little brochures from all the shops and tourist places to give to us when we arrived. This is what all the big marinas do. We have collected quite a pile of the stuff. We were more interested in the closest place to buy a battery for our dinghy, a story for another time. So, Tim, the marina owner, gave us a lift the eight miles to...yep...Walmart. On the way back, we did a "fly-by" Christ Church, which if I remember right was built by the Mr. Carter (of Carter's Cove, and pretty much all the land around these parts) in the mid-1700's and is one of the oldest standing pieces of architecture in America. We saw it at about 25 mph, but Carrie was able to snap this photo:
To describe the peacefulness of Carter's Cove after Norfolk is difficult. These pictures do a better job than I could. The following shots were taken from the boat the morning after we arrived.
We could have stayed several days, but were anxious to get moving up the Chesapeake. We had planned to go across the bay to Onancock, but got a tip from some friends who had that it was pretty dull. The way she put it was, "...the people were really nice and the flowers were very pretty". It reminded me how Illa (my buddy John's mom) used to try and hook he and his brothers up with girls, but when they asked if she was good looking, Illa would tell them only, "She has pretty eyes". That was a dead give away that the girl was homely at best. So, reading between the lines of "nice folks" and "pretty flowers", we opted to head directly up to our next planned stop, the Solomons.